Posted on 9/16/11 08:17 AM
I don't get the hype about this movie; it certainly makes a good point but is only mediocre, and I think, poorly written. "Kids" promotes a worthwhile message: Lesbian/Gay couples and families have the same arguments, insecurities, and problems as straight ones. Here's another lesson: Don't go looking for the long lost "sperm donor," you'll always be disappointed in the end. It opens a proverbial can of worms better left unopened. If you have a loving family, that's enough, leave it alone.
None of the adult characters are sympathetic, and the teenagers only mildly so. I'm also offended by the choice of Mark Ruffalo (doofus) representing the male of the species. Among other things, he represents the organic/green faction, and I loved it when Annette Benning's character (Nic) lashes out at those kooks.
This film violates its own internal logic, cheapening the overall effect. Julianne Moore's character (Jules) states that she doesn't like lesbian porn because it is acted by straight women and thus doesn't ring true. However, that's exactly how this movie is constructed. I agree with the critic who points out that this film says one thing and shows another. Also, Moore hops from Benning's bed to Ruffalo's. Is that consistent or simply a melodramatic device? Everyone's too proud of how unorthodox they are. All in all, the movie has heart but too many flaws to be considered award-worthy.